Monday, 1 May 2017

Overview - April 2017

I only worked on two projects this month.  I continued working on Venetian Opulence from Mirabilia and got almost to the halfway point.  I've been beading this project as I go and really enjoyed it.   I am stitching her on a 32 count Murano in Limestone from Zweigart as charted.

Then later in the month I had a new start Froth and Bubble from Long Dog Samplers.  I am stitching this on a 32 count Murano from Jodyri Designs in Woollen Mittens.  I have switched out the thread for the border and I am using a hand dyed thread from Jodyri Designs in Whale Song.  I am using the thread slightly differently than I have done previously.  I am using the loop method and not stitching one stitch at a time to give a tweeded effect.  Instead of using the tweeded thread for the wording I am using a variegated DMC 4240.  I have also subbed out the Gentle Arts Raven for regular DMC 310.  All the other threads are the charted Gentle Arts Colours.

Keep stitching and smiling

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Overview - March 2017

Here's the projects I worked on this month.

The first project I worked on was Stargazer by Mirabilia.  I am stitching this on 28 count Brittney in Regal Peacock from Jodyri Designs.



I then had a new start Revenge of RYO by Ink Circles.  I am stitching this on 18 count cream aida.

Then another new start Venetian Opulence by Mirabilia.  I am stitching this on 32 count Murano in Limestone.  I stitched on this for the rest of the month.  For the first time I am beading this project as I go and up to now I am loving it.  I've got some batting to put between the stitching and the scroll rod as I roll it to protect the beads.  If this works out I think I will stitch all my projects this way.  Also at this point I have no intention of switching out to another project.

I've once again fallen off the stitch from stash wagon.  I don't know if I even mentioned here that I was participating.

Keep stitching and smiling

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Overview - February 2017

I've worked on a few projects this month.  I'm really enjoying just picking a project and then stitching on it for as long (or short) as I want to.

Bookworm Fairy Mini - Hannah Lynn


Perpetual Calendar - Samsarah Designs


J - Nora Corbett


Save the Stitches




I Am A Stitcher - I decided I wasn't happy with the colours I originally started this project with so I unpicked it and started again.



Dear House - this was a new start this month

Celtic Banner

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Friday, 3 February 2017

Overview - January 2017

Well firstly I cannot believe that it is already February - wasn't it only yesterday I posted about my stitching in 2016!

I've worked on a few projects in January, three of them new starts and one a project that I hadn't touched for a while.

On 31st December 2016 I started At the Met by Mirabilia.  I have coveted this project for so long and last year I came into a little extra money and kitted it up.  I stitched on this project every day for the first 22 days of January.  I am stitching her on 32 count Permin Linen in Milk Chocolate 2 over 2 with all the charted threads.  This is the first big project I have worked on with linen and I'm surprised to say I'm not hating it.  I can't say I'll be converting totally to linen but I won't avoid it like I have in the past.  So here's what it will look like.

This is what it looked like before I moved the frame.
And this is what it looks like now.

I then heard about the Quotes to Live by from Stitchrovia which is a charity SAL for Mind.  I am stitching this 1 over 1 on 20 count aida in Smokey Rose which was the June 2016 Limited Edition from KLT Charting.  I am leaning heavily on Kim to add this to her regular line because it is an absolutely stunning colour and would work well with so many designs.  Here's the picture of part 1.

And here's where I got to so far.

My next new start was Hardcore Gamer from Charting Creations.  I am stitching this on 25 count easy guide evenweave 2 over 1 tent stitch.  The colour I am using at the moment is DMC Coloris 4507.  Here's a picture of what it will look like.
And here's where I got to.

The final project I worked on was the Perpetual Calendar from Samsarah Designs.  I looked back and the last time I worked on this was in 2013!!  I am really enjoying working on it again.  A couple of days a week I have to wait an hour for a lift home from work so I am taking this along and getting some extra time in on it.  This is stitched on 14 count perforated paper.

Yesterday I was feeling the need to work on a different project but I couldn't decide which one so I used random number generator to pick a project and it landed on Mini Bookworm Fairy by Hannah Lynn.  I am going to do at least 500 stitches on this project and then decide whether to carry on or switch.

I hope 2017 is treating you all well.

Keep stitching and smiling

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Stitching Thoughts and Plans for 2017

I originally thought that 2017 would be the year of SALs.  I am in a few Facebook groups who set up SALs for lots of different things it could be designer related or theme related - anything really.

So last year I joined all the SALs - planned all my stitching - which current WIPs would fit - what I needed to buy to be able to have new starts if I didn't have a WIP that would fit.

My first project was New Year New Start - my start was At the Met by Mirabilia.  This project also fits into the Mirabilia year long SAL.  It was also going to be my day 1 project for the Crazy 7 (start 7 projects in 7 days).

As I stitched on it I realised I really did not want to start a new project the next day and the next day for 6 days.  I wanted to stay on At the Met and get some progress on her.

So I still have all the plans in my diary for the SALs I was going to participate in but at the moment (who knows what might happen tomorrow!) my plans are:-

  1. Stitch on a project for as long  as I am enjoying stitching on it.
  2. I have several projects that I didn't work on at all in 2016 so until I have stitched on them I cannot start another new project.  I have also made a note of when I last stitched on all my current WIPs and as it becomes 12 months since I have worked on a project they too will be added to this list.
  3. If I want to start a different project I will see what SALs are scheduled for that day and see if I can work on a project that fits the SAL.
  4. If there are no SALs for that day I will use the random number generator to pick a new project for me - if it picks a new start I will work on one of my oldest WIPs instead.  Again I will work on this project for as long as I am enjoying stitching on it.  If I am not enjoying stitching on it then I will make a decision on whether or not I think I will ever enjoy stitching on it and may retire it.
The projects I did not work on in 2016 are:
  1. Celtic Banner by Butternut Road
  2. Dragon Dance by Paine Free Crafts
  3. Hanging Loose from a magazine
  4. Hug of Owls from KLT Charting
  5. Nativity from a magazine
  6. A photo conversion of my son
  7. A chart I designed myself
I hope these thoughts make sense to you but I am mainly putting them here so I can refer back to them.

Keep stitching and smiling

Saturday, 31 December 2016

12 Days of Christmas - Satsuma Street - 31.12.16

I have been working on this project for a couple of weeks now and I was intending to work on it throughout the 12 Days of Christmas and into January but it's New Year's Eve and my New Year New Start project is shouting at me very loudly!

So here is my current progress on the 12 Days of Christmas.  I have subbed out some of the colours called for with floss I had in stash from Jodyri Designs.  I just wanted to add a little individuality to the project and make it truly unique to me.

My New Year start is going to the Mirabilia's At The Met.  I have drooled over this chart for a long time and this year I had some extra cash and was able to kit it up (minus the beads) so I will be starting her a little bit early on New Year's Eve but still a New Year start.

My stitching plans for 2017 are a bit up in the air at the moment.  I have signed up to do lots of stich a longs in lots of different Facebook groups.  I have been planning and kitting projects up and matching projects to SALs etc etc.  But now tonight I sit here thinking I'm not sure I want to start multiple projects during January just because there are lots of different SALs I think maybe I just want to stitch on At the Met for a while.

During 2016 I have been busying cataloguing my stash and now have 267 projects in my X Stitch App.  53 - Started, 18 - Kitted and 174 on my Wish List.  This does not account for the other charts I have that I don't want to start any time soon!

I have also signed up to Stitch from Stash 2017 and have allocated myself a budget of £25 per month.  This is on top of subscriptions I have already signed up for.  As I have a full set of DMC and lots of other speciality floss, lots of fabric and well over 267 charts this should be easy for me to stick to.  I took part in the warm up in November and December and have done quite well.  Finishes mean you can add money to your budget which is an incentive to get current projects finished.

So we will see how my stitching pans out in 2017.  All I am sure of right now is that I will always be stitching on something.

I would like to thank all my subscribers and those who comment on my blog for coming on this stitchy journey with me.  I would also like to wish you all a happy and healthy New Year.

Keep stitching and smiling

End of Year Round Up - 2016

I like to round up at the end of the year what I have worked on so I can see the progress I've made.

12 Days of Christmas - started 21.10.16 - last worked on 31.12.16

A Year at Hawk Run Hollow - started 31.10.16 - last worked on November 2016

Angel of Love - started 19.07.16 - last worked on 26.09.16

Around the World in 80 Stitches - started 09.05.16 - last worked on 09.05.16

August - started 08.05.16 - last worked on 30.09.16

Bauble Cushion - started 05.05.16 - last worked on 05.05.16

Bookworm Fairy Mini - started 03.05.16 - last worked on 17.07.16

Butterfly Lace - started 04.12.16 - last worked on 15.12.16

C3P0 started 04.05.16 - last worked on 24.07.16

Candy Canes and Wreaths - started 10.05.16 - last worked on 10.05.16

Celtic Autumn - started 07.05.16 - last worked on 07.08.16

Christmas Elegance - started 06.05.16 - last worked on 06.05.16

Christmas Mystery - started 19.02.16 - finished 13.03.16

Christmas Ornaments - started and finished and fully finished in December 2016

Elegant Trio - started 18.07.16 - last worked on 18.07.16

English Cottage Sampler - started 13.07.16 - last worked on 13.07.16

Fragile Landing - started 02.05.16 - last worked on 02.05.16

Frog SAL - started 18.06.16 - finished my part August 2016

H - started 16.07.16 - last worked on 16.07.16

Halloween Mystery - started 24.04.16 - finished 16.06.16

Harry Potter Pillow Sampler - started 01.09.16 - last worked on 02.09.16

I Am a Stitcher - started 12.05.16 - last worked on 12.05.16

In This House - started 29.06.15 - last worked on 30.09.16

J - started 17.07.16 - last worked on 17.07.16

Knotted Garden Biscornou - started 14.05.16 - last worked on 14.05.16

Learning Sampler - started 15.09.13 - last worked on November 2016

Love Tapestry - started on 11.05.16 - last worked on 11.05.16

Masquerade SK - restarted on 08.07.16 - last worked on 08.07.16

Mini Beach Hut in Moonlight - started 13.07.16 - last worked on 15.07.16

Nautical Year - started 11.04.16 - last worked on November 2016

Needleworker - started 01.06.16 - finished 04.12.16

Not Quite Whitework - started 23.07.16 - last worked on 23.07.16

Owl SAL - started 01.01.16 - finished 24.04.16

Pumpkin Passport - started 16.01.16 - last worked on 26.09.16

Research Project - started 01.05.16 - last worked on 01.05.16

Round in Circles - 01.01.16 - last worked on 01.01.16

Royal Orchid - started 15.12.16 - last worked on 15.12.16

Santa's Village - started 16.05.15 - last worked on - 18.03.16

Save the Stitches - started 13.05.16 - last worked on 13.05.16

Seaside Mystery - started 24.01.14 - last worked on 02.04.16

Six Fat Men - started on 16.10.11 - finished 11.09.16

Sleeping Beauty - started on 21.07.16 - last worked on 21.07.16

Sleeping Beauty's Castle - started on 07.04.12 - last worked on 26.09.16

Spirit of Christmas - started 16.05.16 - last worked on 26.10.16

Spring Mandala - started 30.09.16 - last worked on 02.10.16

Stained Glass - started 01.06.14 - last worked on November 2016

Stargazer - started on 21.05.16 - last worked on 14.06.16

Tango Owlet - started 15.09.16 - finished on 02.10.16

The Towpath - started 16.06.16 - last worked on 21.01.16

Things Unseen - started 15.05.16 - last worked on 14.10.16

Twisted Band Sampler - started 15.11.14 - finished 15.11.16

Watercolour Gerberas - started 20.07.16 - last worked on 20.07.16

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